If you want a happy life with a nice home, good jobs and schools, beautiful scenery, and a high quality of life, you might be inclined to look at the “2018 Best Places to Live” list put together by U.S. News & World Report. If you do take a look, you’ll see that this year’s list includes five North Carolina cities. We couldn’t be prouder!
The highest ranked North Carolina city was Raleigh-Durham, which earned a spot at 13. Charlotte was close behind as number 22, with Asheville on its tail at number 24. Winston-Salem came in at number 43 and Greensboro at number 60.
Some of the biggest factors that go into creating the “Best Places to Live” list include affordability and quality of life. People value finding cities where nice homes are available in a reasonable price range, but they also want areas that are filled with social events, entertainment, delicious restaurants, and lively bars. Each of these North Carolina cities has its own share of qualities that many people look for in a home community. We’re curious about what next year’s list will bring, but we feel confident that Charlotte will continue to be a cherished metropolitan area.
If you’re new to the area, stop by Larry Jay Mitsubishi to say hi and to browse our exciting 2018 lineup.
2015 Lancer Evolution Shown
The Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution was one of the most beloved Mitsubishi models. This sports sedan had a big following, but it wasn’t enough to keep it in production. The last Evo rolled off the line in 2016. However, we have learned that there is a chance the Mitsubishi Evo is coming back, but in a new form.
Recently, in an interview with Motor1, Mitsubishi’s UK managing director, Lance Bradley, indicated that the Evo nameplate could make a comeback. If it did make a return, he claimed that it would be different than the previous Evo models.
“Our focus is on SUVs and electrified drivetrains, but it’s possible that there could be an option for a more performance-orientated version of one of the models,” Bradley elaborated. “The hybrid market is still developing, but an electric drivetrain is usually quicker than an internal combustion powertrain, so you can have some very exciting electrified drivetrains.”
Bradley went on to say that Evo fans are very attached to the model’s name. If Mitsubishi did resurrect the Evo moniker, it would need to be very careful with its choice. We would expect to see something spectacular that would be true to this ride’s heritage.
For more details about the possible Evo revival and to test drive our range of other models, stop by Larry Jay Mitsubishi.
There is no denying that North Carolina is a spectacular place to live, considering its natural beauty and great people. However, not all cities and towns are the same or offer the best schools and communities. Recently, Niche.com created a list of the Best Places to Live in North Carolina based on schools, crime, and other factors. It then gave each town an overall grade between A+ and D-.
Let’s see how Charlotte faired.
- Our beloved city was ranked a respectable #19. It earned an overall A grade and the schools got a B. Not too bad.
- According to Niche.com, the #1 place to live in North Carolina is Morrisville. It received an A+ grade for both the overall town and its schools. Morrisville is a suburb of Raleigh.
- Keeping close to Charlotte, the best suburb is Davidson. It ranks #12 and earned an overall A+ grade with an A for the school system.
- This is another great Charlotte suburb and came in at #8. It has a small population with around 6,000 residents. It also earned an A+ overall grade with an A for its schools.
- This is one of the larger Charlotte suburbs and was ranked #10.
Larry Jay Mitsubishi is proud to serve the city of Charlotte and the surrounding areas. Stop by our dealership to test drive the latest Mitsubishi models.
While most of us want to drive fuel-efficient cars, they often come with a big price premium, especially fuel-efficient crossovers. That isn’t the case with the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV.
The Outlander PHEV is an affordable plug-in hybrid that costs a lot less than its luxury hybrid counterparts, even before any tax incentives are considered. Even with its low cost, the Outlander PHEV comes well-equipped with features including leather seating, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibility, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, Bluetooth® connectivity, and heated front seats.
It is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a pair of 60-kilowatt electric motors. Combined, the hybrid powertrain has an output of 197 horsepower. When fully charged, Mitsubishi says the Outlander PHEV has an electric driving range of 22 miles. Recharging can be done in a variety of ways, but when using DC fast-charging, you can get up to an 80% charge in less than half an hour.
The Outlander PHEV also comes standard with Super All-Wheel Control for superior handling in all road conditions. Inside, the cabin offers seating for five passengers with plenty of room for cargo in the rear.
The 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is available now at Larry Jay Mitsubishi. Stop in to test drive this incredible, fuel-efficient crossover.
On March 17, we all get to be a little bit Irish and join in the fun of St. Patrick’s Day! If you are looking for some places to have some fun, here are the best places to go for St. Patrick’s Day in Charlotte. Just remember, if your plans include drinking, make sure you have a designated driver or call yourself an Uber.
- Patrick’s Day Parade. On Saturday, March 17, Charlotte will host its 22nd annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. It steps off at 11 a.m. at N. Tyron St. and 9th Street in Charlotte. After the parade, there is a grand festival with live music, delicious food, and local vendors.
- Pub Crawl. Get your friends together and join in the 18th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl. This unique event on March 17, lets you experience a lot of uptown Charlotte. Wear your green t-shirt (your ticket to the pubs), and spend the day eating, drinking, and having fun.
- Kids Craft. For a more family-friendly event, visit Summerfield Farms on St. Patrick’s Day from 2 to 3 p.m., and your kids can make a shamrock necklace and leprechaun mask.
- Luck of the Irish 5K. If you want to get a run in before your party, sign up for this virtual 5K. You get to choose your route and when you run the race. You will get a medal and bib in the mail.
We at Larry Jay Mitsubishi hope you have a wonderful and safe St. Patrick’s Day.
Singing in the car — we’ve all done it. Some people belt out their favorite tunes proudly, while others only do it when no one is around. Regardless of your singing preferences, there is one thing that drivers who sing tend to have in common — they’re often healthier because singing in the car can, in some cases, boost your health.
According to Life Hack, singing caused a release of chemicals in your brain. Scientists believe that singing releases oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin in small quantities to give you a heightened sense of positivity and enjoyment. Therefore, singing in the car can actually improve mental health.
We at Larry Jay Mitsubishi were also surprised to learn that singing in the car can improve cardiovascular and lung health. Singing loudly — which most people do behind the wheel — can impel you to use chest and lung muscles that aren’t usually active throughout the day. In fact, because most people sing alone in the car, there’s no pressure to sing “well”; ergo, you may sing louder and more frequently in the car.
Singing with others can also be great for psychological reasons. Harmonizing with your friends is a great way to strengthen bonds, and people who sing together tend to form closer relationships than those who don’t participate in social activities.
Headlight car care is easy to overlook, but it’s something that becomes especially important as your car gets older. Headlights can sometimes acquire a yellow film as your car ages, which can limit visibility. You should also perform routine headlight care to ensure that one of your bulbs isn’t out, as it can be surprisingly easy to miss at night.
According to Your Mechanic, headlights can sometimes turn yellow or opaque (or both) over time because the plastic materials tends to oxidize. Headlights can also become hazy if there is grit and grime buildup that isn’t removed. To fix this, you can rub headlights with toothpaste to help remove oxidation and dirt. You’ll want to rinse off the headlights when finished, and be sure to apply car wax to protect lights from future damage.
Replacing bulbs can be a little more complicated. For those who aren’t that mechanically inclined, you may want to bring your car to Larry Jay Mitsubishi for maintenance. Headlights can be removed if you loosen a series of screws that secure the headlight cover (you may need to pop the hood), and then unscrew and replace the bulb. Be sure to consult an auto expert and your owner’s manual to ensure you’re using the right bulb.
Mitsubishi’s history dates back to 1917, when the Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co. released the Model A, the first ever Mitsubishi vehicle. A century later, Mitsubishi is still producing high-quality, affordable vehicles all over the world, including a range of incredible cars for the racing circuit.
The history of Mitsubishi racing goes back to the 1960s, when the automaker entered the Mitsubishi 500 Super DeLuxe in the Macau Grand Prix in 1962. Initially a marketing tactic to promote the brand’s first post-war vehicles, the 500 Super DeLuxe destroyed the competition, taking the top four places in the Under 750 cc category.
Mitsubishi’s racing success continued through the years in more than just circuit racing—in the 1970s it dazzled the off-road racing world, sweeping the top spots in the East African Safari Rally and the Southern Cross Rally, multiple times. Since it started competing in the World Rally Championship in 1973, Mitsubishi has won 34 titles.
Mitsubishi is also the most winning automaker in Dakar Rally history, with 12 wins from the late 1980s to 2007. These are just a few of Mitsubishi’s many racing wins throughout its long history. To find out more about Mitsubishi’s performance vehicles, give us a call at Larry Jay Mitsubishi!
Having working, clear headlights is important year round, but it’s especially necessary in the wintertime, when it gets dark earlier and inclement weather can seriously hurt visibility. Follow these tips on headlight maintenance to make your car as safe as possible this season.
If you have a burnt out headlight, it should be easy to replace it yourself. How to access the bulb will depend on what kind of car you have (usually it’s through the hood), but you can find this information in your owner’s manual or even look up a guide online to help you replace it.
You don’t have to wait until your headlight burns out to replace it! You can tell when a headlight is getting weaker by examining it. If one side is brighter than the other or there are any other defects or irregularities, it’s time to change it. You should always replace headlights in pairs to avoid creating an uneven field of vision where one light is dimmer than the other.
Cleaning the cover on your headlights is also important! The covers can get dirty and foggy, which reduces visibility. Soap might not do the trick with caked on dirt, so using toothpaste can help thanks to the grit in it. Just put it on a cloth and use it like you would soap, and then rinse the headlight.
For more headlight maintenance tips, call us at Larry Jay Mitsubishi.
Most drivers make sure to keep their car clean but many forget about one of the most important safety systems: the headlights. Like the rest of the care, the headlights need tender loving care to operate at peak efficiency. Here’s a page all about headlights from us here at Larry Jay Mitsubishi. Drive safe this holiday season!
How to Replace a Bulb
To begin replacing a burnt out bulb, start by checking the owner’s manual to see what kind of bulb you need. If your owner’s manual doesn’t list this information, call a service department and ask.
Once you have the bulb, open the hood and locate the back of the headlight. From there, remove the power wires attached to a plug at the base of the headlights. Remove the old bulb. Finally, install the new bulb.
How to Clean the Lenses
Headlight lenses experience oxidization that cause a cloudy look. Cleaning them is relatively simple. First, gather car soap, masking tape, a soft cloth, toothpaste, and water.
Start by cleaning the lenses with the car soap and let them air dry. If they still look cloudy, cover the surrounding areas with masking tape. Add toothpaste to a damp, soft cloth and firmly rub your headlights in small circles.
Clean each headlight for up to five minutes, then rinse them with water and let them air dry. Add car wax to avoid future damage.
When to Use High Beams
It’s safe to use high beams when no other cars are coming towards you. High beams should always be used outside of cities and in rural areas provided there isn’t any oncoming traffic. Turn off your high beams when closing in on another vehicle.